Batman: Ego, and Other Tails, by Darwyn Cooke, with Paul Grist, Bill Wray and Tim Sale (DC Comics, 2007)

Bruce Wayne and The Bat struggle over whose identity is dominant. A smart, quick chamber piece that both covers a great deal of Bat-history and delivers in immediate story terms. Packaged together with other Batman work from Cooke, including the stand-alone Catwoman adventure Selina’s Big Score.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England

 

Spider-Man Noir: The Complete Collection, by David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky, Carmine di Giandomenico and others (Marvel, 2019)

Spider-Man’s origin, and his clashes with the Green Goblin, Otto Octavius and others, retold with a 1930s setting. Fun reworking of existing ideas and characters, with a nod to the Spider-Verse. Accessible for newbies like me – which helps – and gleeful in its mashup of Expressionism and PI tropes. Not essential, but diverting.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.